Community Inspired Professionals (CIP) is a local business development group in Portland, Oregon. We provide our members with thoughtful insight and constructive feedback to help grow and support our small businesses. We meet twice monthly to connect, practice public speaking, refer business opportunities, and develop marketing strategies. We put our values into action by volunteering in the community and fostering personal connections among members. Please join us to see how an inspired group of professionals can strengthen your business and help our community.

CIP meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at HATCH Innovation

Meeting Address: 2420 NE Sandy Blvd, Conference Room
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.

We begin with member introductions (practice your 60-second commercial) followed by group business. On the 2nd Tuesday there is a Member Mastermind Presentation. On the 4th Tuesday there is a group discussion of that month’s topic.

Visitors are welcome to join us.

Email us with any other questions at


Friday, February 22, 2019


Our volunteer event at Forest Park couldn’t have happened on a more beautiful day! Shayna, Isabel, and Julia had the chance to plant natives and pull and chop lots of ivy. Lucky us!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Whew! Lot’s of good stuff happening! We are happy to welcome our newest members and are feeling the love as we’re all getting to know each other. We’re also glad to have our next volunteer day at Forest Park nailed down and to be putting the final touches on our next Visitor’s Day on March 12. Check out the calendar above to see everything we have planned!

It’s also nice to be feeling our renewed focus as a group. It’s so wonderful to have a previous member coming back into the fold - a testament to the joys of being part of this group.

We’re looking forward to the rest of the Spring and meeting Scott’s new baby in March!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Back to normal today! We had a great meeting with many members and a new, fabulous guest. We talked a lot about our next volunteer event. Looks like we will be volunteering at the Children's Book Bank. We are still trying to nail down a date. Also, we revisited what we learned from our incredibly knowledgeable guest speaker from last week, David Baer.  Next week, Dan Cambell of PDX Farm will be giving his Mastermind. We love when Dan is our presenter, he always shares such great information about how to grow food in our yards. Dan has helped me numerous times, this summer my garden was a jungle of tomatoes, corn, strawberries and pumpkins. Thank you, Dan!

If you'd like to join CIP for a meeting, you are always welcome as a guest! We meet every Tuesday, 8:00-9:30 am at Hatch Innovation. 2420 NE Sandy Blvd. 

CIP Rocks! October 3, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Visitors Day!

We had an AMAZING Visitors Day this week!  Thank you to all of our members for making this Visitors Day one of our very best! And, thank you to all of our visitors! It was wonderful to bring all of you into the magic of our group, we hope you enjoyed your time with us! Also, a big Thank You to David Baer who gave a very compelling, rich and interesting talk on how to be outstanding at marketing, not an easy job for many small business owners. Thank you for inspiring all of us, David!  

Here are some photographic highlights of Visitors Day! 


Our Fall Visitors Day is on September 26, 2017!

8:00-10:00 am at Hatch Innovation, 2420 NE Sandy Blvd

Please join CIP as we welcome David Baer as our special guest speaker at this Visitor Day. In this workshop, David discusses five essential areas of a successful online business: Traffic, Email, Social, Content, and your Product or Service, and how all of these pieces fit together to bring you more business.

David has been actively marketing online since the 1990's when he developed email marketing campaigns for arts organizations. Since 2011 he has been training entrepreneurs and marketers in the art and science of Facebook Advertising, consulting with clients on digital marketing funnels, search engine and social media marketing, and website conversions.

Business owners, artist entrepreneurs, therapists, and anyone else who is building a business or managing a nonprofit organization are welcome to this Community Inspired Professionals' Visitors Day. We invite you to join us in learning new marketing techniques and meeting other business owners.

This event is free!  Register here: CIP Visitors Day

Coffee, Tea and Snacks will be provided.

September 11, 2017

At the beginning and the end of all our meetings, we have a lovely ritual of ringing the bells. Here is Max, ringing the bells to close our session. Go and inspire yoruself and everyone around you! 

Max and the CIP Bells. Septemver 11, 2017

August 28, 2017

Hello friends! CIP is up and running and going strong! Summer was amazing and now we are all excited for Fall.  This post is all about updating everyone on the new and fabulous things are are up to at CIP. We all feel reinvigorated after a brief break this summer. There was much sunshine, travel, good food and good friends for all. Now, more than ever, we feel excited to jump into strengthening and building our businesses. 

End of Summer Group Photo. Hooray For Summer! August 28, 2017

At CIP, we take our businesses seriously, but we are also committed to one another, creating a supportive and social community environment.

Happy Hour at Noraneko. Ramen, Fried Chicken and CIP. August 30, 2017

June 20, 2017
Greetings all! We will be taking a pause in our meetings for the month of July to enjoy the summer. If you're thinking of joining us for a meeting soon, we'll be back on our regular weekly schedule starting August 1st! Hope to see you then.

CIP Meetings: 8-9:30 AM every Tuesday at Hatch on Sandy (except in July!)

November 8, 2016
We're so excited to announce the creation of our second chapter of CIP! The new chapter will get back to the roots of CIP, taking place at Taborspace in Southeast Portland, every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 AM. Visitors are welcome to check out either one or both of the CIP chapters, however members must choose which meeting they'll be attending on a regular basis. Come check it out!

November 7, 2016
Thank you all CIP Members who volunteered this past weekend at the
Sunshine Division! We packed over one ton of food for families in Portland dealing with food insecurity.

March 8, 2016
We're excited to announce that our next Visitor Day will be May 17, 2016, and 8 AM with marketing guru (and former CIP member) 
Andrea Bailey of Lightbox Communications! No need to wait until then to come check us out, though, guests are always welcome.

February 3, 2016
Had a wonderful and busy January with Visitor Day with
Bill Horton, as well as our holiday potluck dinner!

January 11, 2016
Announcing our Winter Visitor Day! Guest speaker Bill Horton will be talking about presenting your best self and using that to choose the right clients. RSVP today!

January 1, 2016
Had a wonderful time wrapping presents at Trillium Family Services for our winter Volunteer Day!

October 8, 2015
A few photos from our last volunteering event, building a playground with HomeForward and Foresters!

September 15, 2015
Thanks to
Chad Carter for a wonderful Visitor Day presentation!
Chad Carter spoke about his transition from broadcasting to blogging in a compelling, inspirational, and hugely informative presentation. CIP Member David Robinson said of the event,

"Chad spoke to our business development group about the power of story-telling in promoting one's business. In doing so, he told his own story which created both narrative and context for the 'nuts and bolts' of marketing, vis-a-vis, building a circuitous network of content and content drivers in social media that tell a compelling story and drive users to your marketing platforms. His style and skill as an educator is unparalleled. He will make your business grow."

We're looking forward to our next Visitor Day in December. Keep your eyes out for the announcement!